March 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Spencer Butterfield has been tabbed as this week's America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 10, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
The weekly USU award goes with Butterfield's WAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week that he collected on Sunday, earning the last one of the season in Utah State's eighth and final season in the league and ahead of this week's WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
Butterfield, a junior guard/forward from Loomis, Calif., (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), returned to USU's lineup after missing the last game with a hip injury, and averaged a double-double for the week with 12.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in leading Utah State to a 2-0 mark in the final weekend of the regular-season, topping Texas State, 77-61, on Thursday and routing UTSA on Saturday, 71-51.
In Thursday's win over the Bobcats, Butterfield snared a career-high 20 rebounds, tying for the fifth-most in the NCAA this season, as well as the most in the WAC. It is also the most rebounds by a USU player since 1997. Butterfield added 10 points for his seventh double-double of the season, going 4-of-11 from the field, 0-of-3 behind the arc and 2-of-2 at the free throw line, also dishing out seven assists while posting one block and one steal. In Saturday's rout of the Roadrunners, Butterfield netted 14 points, making 4-of-6 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 3-of-4 at the free throw line, also pulling down three rebounds while logging five assists, one block and one steal.
For the week, Butterfield averaged 12.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the field, making 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) behind the three-point arc and 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) at the charity stripe.
This is Butterfield's first USU weekly honor. He is the fourth different men's basketball player to earn the award, as the team has now garnered the honor a total of seven times, as junior guard Preston Medlin was voted for the accolade four times, while senior forward Kyisean Reed and freshman guard Marcel Davis were each honored once.
This is the second time in the last five weeks that Butterfield has been named the WAC Player of the Week, as he also collected the accolade on Feb. 11. It is also the fourth time this season that a USU player has earned the weekly conference honor, as Reed collected the award on Dec. 23 and Medlin garnered the accolade on Jan. 7.
For the season, Butterfield leads the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.824) and league only games (.837). Butterfield ranks 12th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.0), while ranking ninth in league games (13.3). He also is fourth in the league in overall three-point field goal percentage (.418), while ranking sixth in conference games (.408), in addition to seventh in overall three-pointers made (1.64) and 10th in WAC only games (1.71). Butterfield also ranks sixth in field goal percentage overall (.491) and ninth in league games (.497), as well as eighth in rebounds overall (6.6) and sixth in league contests (7.6), in addition to 13th in the WAC overall in assists (2.71) and 10th in WAC only (3.18). He also is eighth in assist-turnover ration in WAC only games (1.69), while ranking ninth in league only games for minutes played (32.53).
Utah State (21-9, 11-7 WAC) will be the fifth seed for the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament and will play fourth-seeded UT Arlington in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14 at 9:30 p.m. (MT) at the Orleans Arena at Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday's game will not be televised, but will be aired on the radio and audio streamed online on the Aggie Sports Network by clicking on the "Listen Live" link on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com, and also video streamed online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link on USU's website.
Fans can contact the Orleans Box Office at 702-284-7777 or Toll Free at 1-888-234-2334 for all-session tickets, while single-game tickets can only be purchased the day of the game at the Orleans Box Office.
For USU men's basketball ticket information for the WAC Tournament, fans can also contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
OTHER UTAH STATE NOMINEES
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Jenna Johnson (Wasilla, Alaska) guided Utah State to a 1-1 road record last weekend with a 73-56 win at Texas State and an 80-72 loss at UTSA. Against the Bobcats, Johnson scored 11 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Against the Roadrunners, she scored a game-high 23 points and added six rebounds, two assists and two steals. For the week, Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field (12-23), 50.0 percent from three-point range (3-6) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (7-10).
GYMNASTICS - Sophomore Sarah Landes (Edmond, Okla.) won her fourth all-around title of the season in Utah State's 195.025-192.900 home loss to BYU last week. Landes, who scored a 39.175 in the all-around, also finished tied for second on the beam (9.750), finished in a four-way tie for third-place on bars (9.800), tied for fourth on vault (9.800), and finished fourth on floor (9.825).
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Senior Jaci West (La Quinta, Calif.) went 1-0 in singles play last week as Utah State lost at UNLV (4-0) and defeated UC Riverside (5-1). Against the Highlanders, West posted a straight sets win at No. 2 singles (6-1, 7-6), while her match against UNLV was left unfinished at one set apiece.
2012-13 Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 27 - Josselyn White, Volleyball
Sept. 3 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 10 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 17 - Tanner Higham, Golf
Sept. 24 - Kerwynn Williams, Football
Oct. 1 - Josselyn White, Volleyball
Oct. 8 - Jennifer Flynn, Soccer
Oct. 15 - Kyler Fackrell, Football
Oct. 22 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Oct. 29 - Jade Tarver, Soccer
Nov. 5 - Natalie Norris, Soccer
Nov. 12 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Nov. 19 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Nov. 26 - Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball
Dec. 3 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Dec. 10 - Marcel Davis, Men's Basketball
Dec. 17 - Kerwynn Williams, Football
Dec. 24 - Kyisean Reed, Men's Basketball
Dec. 31 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball
Jan. 7 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Jan. 14 - Preston Medlin, Men's Basketball
Jan. 21 - Jennifer Schlott, Women's Basketball
Jan. 28 - Sarah Landes, Gymnastics
Feb. 4 - Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball
Feb. 11 - Devyn Christensen, Women's Basketball
Feb. 18 - Tanner Higham, Golf
Feb. 25 - Nic Bowens, Men's Track & Field
March 4 - Jenna Johnson, Women's Basketball
March 11 - Spencer Butterfield, Men's Basketball
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